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"Dutch Authority Follows EU by Finding Private Equity Firms Liable for Antitrust Violations of Minority Held Companies"

The Dutch competition authority (the Authority for Consumers and Markets, or ACM) has issued two decisions imposing fines on private equity firms for the participation of their portfolio company in the so-called flour cartel....more

UK Tax Rules on Disguised Investment Management Fees: Final Legislation Published

The UK's Finance Bill was published on 24 March 2015. It was subsequently enacted on 26 March 2015 without further amendment and became the Finance Act 2015. The "disguised investment management fee" provisions contained in...more

U.S. Government Announces Significant Sanctions Enforcement Actions Against Schlumberger and PayPal

The U.S. Government announced two major sanctions enforcement actions this week that reinforce the compliance challenges faced by both U.S. companies with international activities and non-U.S. companies subject to U.S....more

UK Treasury releases Consultation Paper under MiFID II

Following the Financial Conduct Authority’s (“FCA”) release of its discussion paper on implementation of the revised Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (“MiFID II”) on 26 March 2015, the UK Treasury released on 27...more

Corporate & Financial Weekly Digest - Volume X, Issue 12

In this issue: - SEC Adopts Final Rules for Regulation A+ Offerings - FINRA Issues Notice on New Rules and Amendments Relating to Transaction-Based Compensation, Membership and Sanctions - FINRA Issues...more

Underwriter, Two Employees Charged By SEC

The SEC brought another case tied to Chinese reverse mergers. This one differs from many earlier actions which focused on the company and or the executives. This action names as defendants one broker-dealer and two of its...more

Inadequate Screening Processes Result in $7.65 Million Settlement for Violations of Various U.S. Sanctions Programs

On March 25, 2015, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”) and PayPal, Inc. (“PayPal”) agreed to a $7.65 million settlement to settle potential civil liability for 486 apparent...more

Cayman issues User Guide to Automatic Exchange of Information Portal

As noted in an earlier update, the deadline for the registration of Cayman Islands Financial Institutions with the Cayman Islands Tax Information Authority was recently extended to 30 April 2015. In anticipation of the...more

Half-Pie or No Pie? News for Kaisa’s Offshore Creditors

Kaisa Crisis - The recent financial crisis of Kaisa Group Holdings Ltd. (“Kaisa”), a large-scale Chinese property developer listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange (“SEHK”), has been in the headlines for several months....more

Continuation of Russian Sanctions

Since March 2014, Reed Smith has been closely monitoring developments relating to the situation in the Ukraine and reporting them as Client Alerts and blog updates. We have set out below a brief summary of the EU’s...more

FCA Releases Discussion Paper Under MiFID II

The revised Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (“MiFID II”) came into force on 2 July 2014. It will have effect on 3 January 2017, reflecting the period required for European Union member states to transpose its...more

Australian Tax Alert - Investment Manager Regime (IMR) – Draft Legislation To Implement Element 3 Finally Released

The exposure draft (ED) legislation removes tax impediments for foreign investors investing into Australia in order to attract foreign investment and promote the use of Australian fund managers. OVERVIEW - The...more

New Investment Canada Act Thresholds and National Security Review Periods

The Canadian government has adopted new regulations and implementing orders that: - significantly alter the existing review thresholds under the Investment Canada Act (ICA) for most investors....more

BVI issues updated FATCA Guidance Notes

The International Tax Authority (ITA) of the British Virgin Islands has recently announced the issue of Version 2.0 of the Guidance Notes on the International Tax Compliance Requirements of the Intergovernmental Agreements...more

PayPal To Pay Dearly for Alleged Violations of OFAC Sanctions

The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) has announced a $7,658,300 settlement with PayPal, Inc. (PayPal) to resolve potential civil liability for 486 alleged violations of the Iranian,...more

UK Regulator Announces Its Approach to Financial Promotions in Social Media

On March 13, the UK regulator, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) published finalized guidance on its supervisory approach to financial promotions in social media (the “Guidance”). The range of social media within the...more

Global Regulators Push Back Margin Requirements for Non-cleared Derivatives

On March 18, the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision and the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) published a “final” policy framework that establishes minimum global standards for margin...more

Due Date for FATCA Reporting of US Accounts Is Approaching

The deadline to report US accounts by offshore funds that are organized in Model 2 Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) jurisdictions, such as Bermuda, as required by Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA), is quickly...more

Trending: A Principles-Based Approach To US Financial Regs

While the United States has traditionally utilized rules-based policies, there has been a recent trend toward integrating principles-based policies and behavioral economics in regulating consumer financial products. For a...more

UK’s Financial Services Regulator: No Hashtags in Financial Promotions

Earlier this month the UK’s financial services regulator, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), issued its final guidance on financial promotions made via social media channels. As we reported last year, the FCA...more

PE Sponsors Seek High Yield Flexibility Through Carve-Out Options

High yield bond offerings have been a core component of the European leveraged finance segment since 2009. The value of European high yield bond issuances has increased dramatically, more than doubling from 2011 to 2014...more

Appellate Court Confirms the Validity of Asymmetric Dispute Resolution Clauses

Dechert lawyers representing a major international bank in court proceedings in a number of regions in southern Russia with respect to claims to recover a total of about US$300 million in loan funds from the guarantors of a...more

New Swiss Disclosure Annex for Non-Swiss Funds

The Swiss Funds and Asset Management Association (SFAMA) has published a model annex setting out prescribed form disclosure statements to be included in the offering documents and other marketing materials of non-Swiss funds...more

Restrictions Eased for Communications-Related Items Exported to Sudan

On February 18, 2015, in a coordinated action, the Commerce Department's Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) and Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) announced and implemented changes to the...more

CFTC Issues an Exemption to HKSFC Permitting US Customers to Deal Directly with Hong Kong Brokers

On March 19, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission issued an exemption to Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission (HKSFC) permitting US customers to deal directly with Hong Kong brokers pursuant to CFTC Regulation...more

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